Boonville Lady Pirates basketball coach Jaryt Hunziker was looking for two things Tuesday night at home against the Kirksville Tigers.
After coming off a impressive win the night before against Southern Boone, Hunziker wanted the girls to play with effort and intensity, especially on the defensive end.
As it turned out, the Lady Pirates delivered on both while forcing 22 turnovers en route to a 57-22 victory.
The win was also the 26th in a row in the NCMC for Boonville. The Lady Pirates are currently 16-2 overall and 7-0 in the conference.
“It was a total team effort as all 12 players on the roster saw many minutes,” Hunziker said. “We are looking to carryover our efforts from tonight into Friday when we play another NCMC opponent, Mexico. We need to use the next couple of days to get ourselves healthy but to also prepare for Friday’s matchup.”
If Tuesday’s game is any indication, the Lady Pirates appear to be in good shape while leading Kirksville by as much as 30 (39-9) at the break.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Boonville forced 22 turnovers or that they had a 16-0 run to closeout the first half.
But aside from that, the Lady Pirates scored pretty much at will against Kirksville while leading 16-5 after one, which included a 9-0 run in the final two minutes and 39 seconds. Boonville also hit 9 of 15 shots from the field in the first quarter with five different players scoring. Jamie Lemmons had nine points while Brynn Edwards chipped in seven.
The second quarter was no different than the first as Boonville outscored Kirksville 18-4 on 6 of 13 shooting. Meanwhile, after forcing 15 turnovers in the first half, the Lady Pirates continued to apply pressure in the third quarter as Kirksville turned it over seven more times.
Boonville also went on a 11-0 run in the third to extend the lead to 40 at 50-10 with 4:54 left. Then, with a running clock to start the final period with the Lady Pirates leading 54-16, Kirksville came back and outscored Boonville 8-3.
As for the scoring in the game, Lemmons finished with 18 points, six rebounds and three steals while Edwards chipped in 14 points, two rebounds, one steal and one assist.
Camryn Monteer added eight points, six steals and one assist while Kennedy Renfrow had six points, three steals, two rebounds and one assist, Jalyn Schnetzler four points, two steals, one rebound and one assist, Jodie Bass also with four points, Kate Peterson two points, five rebounds and three assists, Hana Cook one point, five rebounds and one steal, Lawren Luscombe five rebounds, Madison Lenz three steals and one rebound and Sophi Waibel and Brooke Eichelberger each with one rebound.
The Lady Pirates also finished the game shooting 39 percent from the field and 65 percent from the foul line.
For Kirksville, Kenslie Stufflebean, Kate Wollmering and Elyse Johnson each had four points.
In the JV game, Boonville defeated Kirksville 47-32.
The Lady Pirates, 6-6 overall and 5-1 in the NCMC, led Kirksville 25-20 at the half and then outscored the Tigers 22-12 in the second half.
Boonville JV coach Alex Wendell said the girls definitely looked more like themselves against Kirksville.
“We wanted to shake off the past two games and come out with high intensity on defense and we did just that,” Wendell said. “From the get go, the girls got after it on defense. We were able to get some steals early on and convert to have a strong first quarter. Sophi Waibel came out hot with three three pointers in the first quarter. We have been missing our inside presence with Sarah Miller being gone due to illness but Brooke Eichelberger played big and pulled down crucial rebounds. Our third quarter defense was probably the best defense we have played all year. We came out from halftime wanting to start the quarter with three stops in a row. They didn’t score until the last minute of the quarter with a free throw.”
Sophi Waibel finished with a career high 26 points to lead all scorers for Boonville. Brooke Eichelberger chipped in 12, Taylor Frederick five, Reese Lavers two and Olivia Gholson with one.
For Kirksville, Devan Corbett had 13 points and Audrey Danielson with six.